- Out of the many tunnels in Kinmen, Zhaishan Tunnel is the most famous one!
- Some of the very few remaining military vessels are on display.
- Every autumn, a series of amazing music concerts is held inside the tunnel. To hear Chinese and Western classical music with simply stunning acoustics, watch out for announcements about the Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival.
Following the staircase down into Zhaishan Tunnel, you can’t help but be in awe of this permanent testament to military engineering. Built to hide boats, construction started in 1961, and took 5 years to complete. An undeniably challenging task at the time!
This huge tunnel can accommodate forty-two vessels. For security purposes, it’s U-shaped with 2 entrances and exits.
On the grounds outside of the tunnel, various landing crafts and anti-aircraft weapon systems are on display. You can also walk on a path to the left of the entrance, leading to the coast and the two tunnel exits. Near the entrance, there are toilets and a small café offering coffees, ice creams and light snack-meals.
Guided tours, 6 daily, lasting 20-30min (in Mandarin Chinese only):
09:00、10:00、11:00 (for Guided Tour Bus Line A participants)、14:00、15:00、16:00
Opening Hours 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day
- Guiding Service
Recommended length of visit
Union City, California
Well known Music tunnelBe far, the best, prettiest tunnel I have been in Kinmen. The water just like a mirror to perfectly reflect the above water scene. This tunnel was built to ship the goods and suppliers during the 823 War. In addition to the prettiest scenes, this tunnel, nowadays, is known for its tunnel music festival.
ImpressiveOf all the underground sights in Kinmen, Zaishan Tunnel was by far the most impressive. Built so that a carrier ship can enter and turn around while being hidden, it is the most unique tunnel system I have seen. Two of the carrier ships are on its grounds on display so you can tell how difficult it would’ve been to navigate it into what looks like a very narrow gate into the tunnels. You can walk parallel to the tunnels in its full length and also walk outside of it to the coast to view the seafront gates.
Hong Kong, China
Magnificent Military TunnelIt's a proof of the Chinese Civil War between Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party in 1940s. Its construction was completed within a few years, without high-tech construction plant to do so back then, which is quite impressing. I could feel the atmosphere of the civil war back then. No admission fee is needed.
Soothing music as you walk to the sea in a damp tunnelThere is something very strange about hearing soothing music while contemplating why this tunnel was built in the first place. It was a way to get boats unloaded without people getting bombed. It is about 100 m walk to the end where you can peer out at the ocean. You can also walk outside to the ocean and peer back at the sluice gates which now block both tunnel entrances. Apparently they sometimes have concerts in the tunnels (?) as the acoustics are rather unworldly. And then when we were outside, we spotted a goat standing on top of the other tunnel. And it then ran up the hills.
Amazing what man can doYou have to go and have a look and when you have finished inside go and see it from the outside on the ocean to understand how they got the landing craft in there
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